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Thursday January 28, 2010

Brad Mehldau to Hold Season-Long Residency at Carnegie Hall; First Jazz Artist Named to Debs Composer’s Chair

Carnegie Hall announced its 2010-11 concert season earlier today along with the season-long residency by Brad Mehldau as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall—the first jazz artist to hold this position since it was established in 1995. Previous holders include Louis Andriessen (2009–2010), Elliott Carter (2008–2009), and John Adams (2003–2007).

Mehldau will bring his penchant for exploring the space between improvisation and notated composition to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in various capacities throughout his residency.

The residency begins in November 2010 with the live, New York premiere of Mehldau’s new concert-length work Highway Rider, the album of which is due out on Nonesuch on March 16 and is available now for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store. For the Carnegie Hall performance, he will be joined by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the featured performers on the album: his trio—drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier—as well as saxophonist Joshua Redman, and percussionist Matt Chamberlain.

In January 2011, Mehldau explores both his improvisational side and his interest in the formal structure of classical music with a solo program featuring some of his own original compositions interspersed with classical piano works that influenced him throughout his career. In February, he reunites with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter for the New York premiere of a newly expanded version of his song cycle Love Songs, along with traditional lieder and standards from composers like Brahms and Lennon & McCartney. The expanded version of Love Songs was commissioned by Carnegie Hall following the original’s spring 2009 debut by this duo. The original libretto comprises three poems by early 20th-century American poet Sara Teasdale, book-ended by poems from Philip Larkin and e. e. cummings.

In March, Mehldau concludes his season-long residency with an as of yet titled new composition, featuring the world premiere of a new work for two pianos, six winds, and percussion co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as well as emerging contemporary classical piano duos by composers Patrick Zimmerli and Timothy Andres. He will also lead master classes exploring improvisation and creative collaboration for solo and jazz piano trios at (Le) Poisson Rouge, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute as part of its Professional Training Workshop series for young artists.

Click here to view the entire Mehldau program list at CARNEGIE HALL